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The Washington, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.’s (DCHBCUAA) community outreach mission is to improve the health and well-being of our communities. Our efforts are aimed at reducing health disparities that are pervasive in predominantly African American communities. Depending on where you live in the Washington, DC area, there is a 15 year difference in life expectancy. Our programming is focused on addressing the social determinants of health and our priority areas are Health & Wellness, Hunger Awareness, and Higher Education. By leveraging the full value of the Alumni Alliance, we educate the community, provide financial resources, offer volunteers, and work strategically with our community partners to make a measurable impact to address the following issues: health, hunger, and education.

Registration fees

5K Run Closed

Registration closed
  • Run

    1. $40.00
      Feb 1 – May 1
    2. $45.00
      May 2 – Jun 28
    3. $50.00
      Jun 29 – Jun 29

2K Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • Walk

    1. $40.00
      Feb 1 – May 1
    2. $45.00
      May 2 – Jun 28
    3. $50.00
      Jun 29 – Jun 29

Special Guest


Independent journalist and 90s BET icon Madelyne Woods is one of the most talkative and talked about media personalities in black pop culture. Her broadcast career spans two decades and has introduced her to some of the world’s most fascinating people. As a television and radio personality, she’s won the respect and admiration of audiences with her candid and insightful analysis of news, politics and entertainment. Madelyne’s down to earth intelligence and instinctive ability to connect with guests grants her an intimacy that prompts newsmakers from the White House to the Real Housewives to relax and talk with uncommon candor. 

Her interviews and reports have appeared on local TV and radio stations around the nation, as well as ABC, NBC, BET, Fox Entertainment and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. 

She’s interviewed countless politicos, artists, actors, musicians and unknowns, but counts her conversations

with Donald Trump, Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, Maxine Waters, Martha Stewart, Mike Tyson, and Suge Knight as some of her most thought provoking experiences. Well known for her celebrity exclusives and on the scene live reports, perhaps what continues to keep Madelyne top of mind is the love the late grammy winning rapper Phife Dawg showed her with his immortalizing lyric “hun you got the goods, like Madelyne Woods.”

In addition to her work, Madelyne devotes time to many charitable organizations. She has a particular interest in supporting causes that provide vital services to people living with dementia, stroke, and breast cancer. As a successful wife, mother, and working woman, Madelyne is frequently called to speak on topical women’s issues, including relationships, family, the mid-life, and women navigating workplace politics..

Madelyne is a native of Washington, DC where she currently resides. She loves food, exercise, writing, being outdoors, and vacationing with her family.


Howard University Campus and DC Neighborhood
Fairmount St NW
Washington, DC

Host Hotel

We are pleased to announce the host hotel for the 
7th Annual HBCU 5K Run/ 2K Walk - 
HBCU Alumni Community Day is the 
Cambria Hotel Washington, DC Convention Center

Room Block Dates are
June 27-29, 2019

899 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Reservations must be booked by Sunday, June 23
to get discounted rates.

Reserve your Room Today!



Help Us Fight Hunger

5c521d61b73e4.png In conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank; we are asking all participants to bring non-perishable food items to help combat Hunger in our community and toiletries to help a homeless person in need of every day personal hygiene necessities.  It is the HBCU Alumni Alliance’s commitment to improve the lives of others in our community. 

Some of the items needed are:

  • Canned Tuna, Salmon or Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium/no salt added)
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup or its own juices)
  • Grains (brown & white rice, pasta, macaroni & cheese)
  • Hot and Cold Cereal (oatmeal, cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran)
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Healthy Snacks (apple sauce cups, raisins, granola bars)
  • Peanut Butter
  • 100% Juice (all sizes, including juice boxes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Feminine hygiene items

Support for Our Community Partner

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC eases the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.

In conjunction with Ronald McDonald House of Greater Washington, DC we are asking all participants to bring household items, supplies, and toiletries to support families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. It is the HBCU Alumni Alliance’s commitment to improve the lives of others in our community. Ronald McDonald House of Greater Washington, DC is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay.

See the WISH LIST of most needed items HERE.

Urgent Daily Needs:

  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Copy Paper

2019 Scholarship

The Washington,DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. (DCHBCUAA) awards scholarships annually to students who attend member universities of the DCHBCUAA.  Scholarships are awarded based on a completed application and supporting documents.  The 2019 scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 31.


Fees for 5K Run/2K Walk

$40 - February through May 1

$45 - May 2 until June 27

$50 - June 28 (packet pick up) and June 29 (onsite)


Packet Pickup on June 28 and Walk-up Registration on June 29

Due to construction at the Howard University Bookstore, packet pick up has been moved to the front of Cramton Auditorium.

Due to the possibility of high-volume on-site registration the morning of the race, we highly recommend that all participants’ pick-up race packets on Friday, June 28 from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM in front of Cramton Auditorium, located at 2455 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059.  This will be on the cement area to the right between the large metal sculpture and the small lower cut bushes (lining the small courtyard in front of Ira Aldridge).  Parking is available in the Miner Hall parking lot and street parking.

On Saturday, June 29, walk-up registration will be located on Fairmount Street near Howard University School of Business from 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM to ensure a prompt 8:00 AM race start time.

HBCU Alumni & Greek Mixer


All race participants who register by Friday, June 14 will receive an event t-shirt. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed after this date. 

Water will be available along the course and refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Directions and Parking

Free parking is available at Howard Center parking lot directly across from Howard University bookstore on Georgia Ave. You must enter this parking lot from Barry Place Northwest.  This street entrance is located behind McDonald's. There will be no entrance to this parking lot from Georgia Avenue. 

Street parking is also available.  Shaw Metro stop is the nearest metro to the campus.

NOTE: Cars parked on the race route will be towed.

If you need parking accommodations (handicapped/special needs), email for assistance.


Prizes will be awarded to the top winners overall for men and women:

  • 1st prize overall winner $300
  • 2nd prize winner $200
  • 3rd prize winner $100 

Awards will be given out to the top two finishers for male and female in the following age groups:

  • 18-29
  • 30-40
  • 41-50
  • 51-60
  • 61-70
  • 71 & Over

Post Race Activities

The award ceremony begins at 9:00 am in front of “School of Business”. Please stay after the race for great refreshments.  

Enjoy the Alumni Village, vendors and sponsor giveaways! Also, check out the Health Fair with a full line up of free tests and health information!

Race Route/ Race Weather

We have listened to you and we have made improvements to our race route. Gresham Place, Georgia Avenue, 4th Street NW and 5th Street NW will be closed to make a better race route.  The course will be a challenging fun filled event with a variety of live music and entertainment throughout the course.  The course will start on 6th NW and finish on Fairmount St NW. Runners will travel through paved, residential streets (Route is USA Track & Field Approved).  

Download the Map HERE  

This year, the race route does not include sidewalks, the route will be on the streets...therefore strollers, baby joggers, pets on leash, and headphones are permitted in the 5KRun/2KWalk.  

NOTE: Cars parked on the race route will be towed.

The race will take place in all weather conditions. Sorry, no refunds will be issued. 

Weather Policy for the 5K Run/2K Walk

No one, including the Race Director, wants to make changes to an event on race day. However, the safety of our participants is of paramount concern. In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Race Director, in communication with the local law enforcement and the city, may delay the event or cancel the 5K Run/2K Walk.  The Day Party is an indoor event and will continue as planned. 

Definition of 'Adverse Weather Conditions': The event may be delayed or canceled due to Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, Heavy Rain, or any extreme weather condition. Light to moderate rain is not considered an Adverse Weather Condition.

Communication: If the event is canceled more than 12 hours before the event, we will notify participants via the race website, email and social media. If the event is canceled less than 12 hours before the event we will notify participants via the race website and social media. Participants will be notified via email where they can pick up their race packets if they have not already done so.

Refunds: As stated in the Registration Policies, refunds cannot be provided as the funds for the event have already been spent in preparation for race day.

Free Healthcare Screening by our Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente

Starting at 7:00 AM in front of the Cramton Auditorium, serving the community is what we are all about by promoting living a Healthier lifestyle. A health fair will be conducted by local health professionals.

Kids Zone


Kids Events will be provided! Children can participate in games and activities during and after the race. Face painters will be on site.



Vendors will be on hand selling food and merchandise. Bring extra cash.

Confirmed Participants

  • Capital Area Food Bank (Charity)
  • CNS Threads (Clothing)
  • Faces by Miss Busy Bee (Face Painter)
  • Hair Free Girl (Clothing)
  • HBCU Pride Nation (Clothing)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Health and Wellness)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC (DCNPHC)
  • Positively Caviar, Inc. (Wellness)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities (Charity)
  • Tamo Smoothies (Food Truck)
  • Xfinity (Communications
  • Run/Hope/Walk (Fitness and Wellness)
  • Eli. LLC (Clothing)
  • Nichole's Network (Clothing)
  • Ladies Crush (Jewelry)
  • Dope Rebellion (Clothing)
  • Radio One (Communications)

Do you want to be a vendor?  Click here to download the application form.


Would you like to volunteer at the 7th Annual 5K Run/2K Walk HBCU Alumni Community Day? Click here to sign up!

Race Preparation/Race Results

Race Preparation/Race Results will be posted on-line.  To ensure timing accuracy, make sure bib number is: 

  •  Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  •  Unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  •  Pinned in all four corners
  •  Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

ONLINE REGISTRATION: We strongly recommend using our fast & efficient online system to register with a Credit Card or eCheck. (Online Registration ends Thursday, June 27 at 12:00 PM).   Those wishing to register after the close of Online Registration, will need to register on site on the day of the race.

MAIL IN REGISTRATION: If a mail-in registration is needed, download the registration form and mail to the address shown.  All mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday, June 24. Checks postmarked after this date will not be processed and must be paid at packet pick up or on the day of the race. Check payments are required for mail in registrations.  Only Cash/Credit Card payments will be accepted on-site the day of the event.


Send mail in registrations (checks only) to: 

DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance
Attn: 5K Race
P.O. Box 9833
Washington, DC 20016

Registration Disclosure

Please note that the information that you are providing as a race registrant will only be used by DCHBCUAA for the purpose of event registration, and will not be shared with any outside parties.

Event Schedule

  • June 29 6:30 AM EDT - On Site Registration

  • June 29 8:00 AM EDT - Race Start Time

  • June 29 9:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

Howard University, Washington D.C., DC, United States

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